Volvo Trucks North America has reached a corporate milestone with the delivery of its 50,000th Volvo Enhanced Stability Technology (VEST) equipped truck to Shamrock Foods in Phoenix. To commemorate the truck’s assembly and shipment from Volvo’s New River Valley, Va. plant, company officials presented a plaque to Shamrock Foods’ Mark Engdahl and Matt Miller during a driver event in Phoenix.
“VEST represents an enormous advancement in truck safety,” says Ron Huibers, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Volvo. “We’re part of the first heavy-duty truck manufacturing group to make the technology standard in our products – and we did it because it’s so important for the safety of truck drivers and the motoring public.”
The VEST system is a fully electronic stability program that assists drivers in maintaining control during emergency maneuvers and braking events, and reduces the likelihood of a rollover or jackknife, the company says. VEST was made standard on all Volvo highway tractors in 2005.
According to Volvo, VEST uses a steering angle sensor, a lateral acceleration sensor and algorithms to determine driver intent and vehicle response in rapidly changing situations. VEST works by selectively applying the brakes on individual wheel ends if sensors detect a dangerous driving situation.
The VEST system was developed by Volvo in partnership with Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC.